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  • Actors: Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett, Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, John Mills
  • Directors: Joseph Losey, Roy Boulting
  • Writers: Bill Naughton, Harold Pinter, Nicholas Mosley
  • Producers: Joseph Losey, John Boulting, Norman Priggen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jun. 2003
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009B0SG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,323 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A double bill of British modern classics. In 'Accident' (1967) two Oxford students, William (Michael York) and Anna (Jacqueline Sassard), crash their car outside their professor Stephen's (Dirk Bogarde) house. The lecturer finds William dead and Anna in shock, and the horrifying spectacle in front of him triggers memories of their previous meetings. It transpires that Anna had been having an affair with one of the professor's colleagues, and, in a flashback to a Sunday dinner party, it is revealed what part Stephen had to play in the fall-out from the relationship. Harold Pinter provides the script for Joseph Losey's examination of emotional tumult amongst the dreaming spires. Whilst in 'The Family Way' Hywel Bennett and Hayley Mills play newlyweds living in a small, Lancashire village with the groom's dominating father (John Mills). When they are unable to consummate their marriage, the young bride determines it is her fault - neglecting to consider the bullying behaviour of the father towards her husband.

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The Accident: Following their destructive foray into English class hatreds in "The Servant", director Joseph Losey and screenwriter Harold Pinter turn their attention to the Dons of Oxford. Pinter examines the motivations of several men in a brusque study of love and jealousy centred around one woman. Complex, thought-provoking with every cast member delivering a superb performance, this is a masterly film.

The Family Way: Based on Bill Naughton's warm-hearted play, The Family Way is a thought-provoking exploration of the emotional impact of the Sixties sexual revolution. Hayley Mills stars in her first X-rated film with Hywel Bennett as two sensitive youngsters who fail to consummate their marriage, following the vulgar ribaldry of their typically working class Lancashire wedding. Considered controversial in 1966, The Family Way remains a warm, gentle comedy of manners, morals and manhood.

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By R.L. Holly on 4 May 2005
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There is some misleading information in this listing and on the DVD packaging that might lead buyers to believe that "The Family Way" is presented here in B&W. Not so -- it IS a colour transfer, as it should be, but I want to post this clearly here so that others will not be deterred from ordering it (as I was, initially). It looks to have been prepared from a film print, not the original negative, but the quality is acceptable even with no bonus features. I have yet to view "The Accident", but "The Family Way" is an exceptionally well-done drama set in what now seems a very long-ago Lancashire. Funny and poignant script and superb acting from all players, especially the late, great Sir John Mills as a working-class father who's both abrasive and pathetic. All the characters in this film ring true and are presented with warmth and understanding for all their flaws or quirks. Hayley Mills never looked lovelier and makes a good match with Hywell, who she would work with again. It's hard to believe this film was originally released to some twittering, what with a fleeting glimpse of Hayley's bare bottom and the then-shocking oblique discussion of how Hywell hadn't yet "done the job" with his young wife. How times change! We are no longer so easily scandalized, yet the problems these newlyweds face are perhaps not so unusual still. This is an engaging look at how ordinary life was in the North, once upon a time, through the tales of some extraordinary people. Excellent, and highly recommended.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Moral Eclipse on 12 Jun. 2004
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Although there are two films on this dvd I find the second one, The Family Way the definate best. Set in Bolton in the 60's it's about a young newlywed couple, Arthur and Jenny, who find adjusting to marrried life harder and not as romantic as thought. Instead of living in their own house they have to live with Arthur's parents which makes things difficult.
My parents were the ones who introduced me to this film and I'm glad they did. As a twenty year old I loved every minute of this film, and it did nothing but make me smile all the way through, with it's fantastic humour and teary, sentimental moments. It showed me what life was like in the 60's and how romantic people were then and how important family was.
The best performance comes from Sir John Mills as Arthurs' bullying yet caring dad.
The Accident isn't as good but it's worth buying this dvd for The Family Way.
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By Tiny Tim on 3 Jan. 2014
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I finally ordered this DVD for my Wife - I ordered a VHS in error before! It arrived very quickly and represents good value, with two films on 1 disc.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Confusion above over cast and production credits 11 Dec. 2010
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How on earth do the Boulting Brothers and John and Hayley Mills, amongst others, get to be included in the credits noted above? They have NOTHING TO DO WITH this brilliant adaptation of Nicholas Mosely's novel, "Accident".

First of all, the screenplay adaptation by British playwright, Harold Pinter (1930-2008), is a brilliant reduction of the dialogue to the most mundane level of non-communcation or miscommunication between the main characters, Oxford don Stephen (Bogard), his wife (Vivien Merchant, at that time, Pinter's wife), Stephen's colleague, Charley (Stanley Baker), and both men's involvement with Anna (Jacqueline Sassard) a student at Oxford who is also involved with Stephen's pupil, William (Michael York). Each line, each glance is loaded with double meaning, as the characters circle around each other.

In visual terms, American expatriate director Joseph Losey (who had previously collaborated with Pinter on "The Servant" - 1963 - and who would go on to a third collaboriation in the 1970 "The Go-Between") brilliantly fills in the details which the dialogue hints at. It's appearance versus reality, what seems and what is, all captured in lovely mid-summer in the English countryside where Stephen's house is located.

Buy it, see it - the Bogart Collection of three films (and with two of the three films mentioned here) is a good buy also.
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